Nov 14, 2019 16:49 UTC
  • Turkish forces begin to establish base in northern Syria weeks after incursion

Turkish army troops have begun setting up a military base in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah, weeks after the forces, backed by allied militants, launched a cross-border incursion against members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).

Syria’s official news agency SANA reported on Wednesday that the base is going to be established in al-Hawas village on the southern outskirts of the key border town of Ra’s al-Ayn.

The report came shortly after Turkish forces and their allies launched an offensive against al-Arishah village, and seized control of the territory.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Tuesday that at least two civilians had lost their lives and seven others sustained gunshot wounds when Turkish military forces fired live rounds at a group of people, who were taking part in a protest against their presence in northern Syria.

The war monitoring group reported that Turkish troops, conducting a joint patrol near the mainly Kurdish town of Kobani (also called Ayn al-Arab), opened fire at local residents as the latter threw stones and shoes at them in an expression of burning rage.

Furthermore, Syrian government troops have built up their deployment along the border with Turkey in order to prevent and confront any aggression by Turkish troops and their allied militants.

SANA reported that Damascus was sending troops to areas in the country's northeastern Hasakah province, extending from al-Jawadiyah town to al-Malikiyah town. It did not give further details.

On Thursday, Turkish soldiers and their allied militants fired barrages of rockets and mortar shells at the villages of Owaish, Dawodiya and Tal Tawil in countryside of Tal Tamr town, destroying a number of houses in the targeted areas. There were no immediate reports about possible casualties.